Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Allies,
I am writing to you from my home as our community, and the world, responds to the rapid spread and devastating impacts of COVID-19. This global pandemic reminds us why it is essential to protect and ensure the strongest possible framework for women’s rights, as the inequalities and challenges facing women on a daily basis are further exacerbated during crises like this. On behalf of the GJC team, I am sharing our annual report and trust you’ll find our progress inspiring and hopeful.
Security council briefing
February — Our president, Akila Radhakrishnan, briefed the UN Security Council on accountability for conflict-related sexual violence, reminding council members that "Sexual and gender-based violence is, at its core, an expression of discrimination, patriarchy, and inequality."
duty not to veto braintrust
March — We brought activists and experts together for a two-day brain trust to discuss legal limits on the UN Security Council veto in the face of mass atrocity crimes.
UN Security Council resolution 2467
on Women, Peace, and Security
April — We fought back against US attempts to erase all references to sexual and reproductive health services in a UN Security Council resolution and pushed forward our argument that US abortion funding restrictions violate international law.
The Global Justice Center's deep and nuanced understanding of the United Nations system, and unparalleled international legal expertise, is invaluable to the broader sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy community.
Serra Sippel, President, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
Centering Gender on the World Stage
July — We engaged with key expert bodies in Geneva, including the World Health Organization, the UN's Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to provide expert legal analysis and targeted recommendations for strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights and advancing justice for sexual and gender-based violence.
GJC has long prioritized centering local women’s voices and has worked with women’s activist groups on the ground in Burma to provide legal interpretations and advocacy training, which has equipped these groups to be able to navigate United Nations bodies and governmental systems.
Razia Sultana, Founder, Rohingya Women Welfare Society
Meeting with The Gambia
September — At a side event during the 74th UN General Assembly, we stood alongside The Gambia’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubaccar M. Tambadou as he announced his country’s intention to sue Myanmar at the International Court of Justice for violations of the Genocide Convention.
I want to congratulate the team at the Global Justice Center for carrying forward these very important lessons, that a gendered analysis on genocide and mass atrocity crimes are essential for achieving justice.
Amb. Stephen Rapp, Visiting Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes
On May 14, 2019, the Global Justice Center was thrilled to host the inaugural Global Justice Awards! We were in awe of, and thankful for, the more than 200 gender justice advocates, committed donors, and supportive partners who celebrated with us at Guastavino’s in New York City.
For the hundreds of thousands of women and girls in this country and around the world who do not have access to abortion, I am deeply passionate about how we must fight for them.
— Tina Tchen, Feminist Changemaker Honoree | CEO of Time's Up, former Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and former Chief-of-Staff to Michelle Obama
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